What’s On at The Kitchen Garden

Wed 9th May

Laughing Cows

8pm (Doors 7pm)

The sell-out comedy night with a fabulous all-female line Up. May’s line-up features Karen Bayley, Katie Mulgrew, Bartuschka and Mandy Muden alongside resident MC, Maureen Youngermore than compere, more than host” (www.gingerbeer.co.uk). The night has won rave reviews “This was the warmest comedy room I’ve ever walked into. …… a warm and relaxing environment in which to watch some very funny women.” (www.gingerbeer.co.uk). “A good event to go to with your girlfriends” (www.spoonfed.co.uk), “a huge hit” (Birmingham Mail).

Tickets: £8 (£6 Conc.)

Tickets available from the Cafe or www.wegottickets.com



Sun 13th May

Steve Gibbons

8pm (Doors: 7.30pm)

Unique and timeless – the legend that’s Steve Gibbons has withstood the fads and fashions of the music business for over four decades. Analyse his music and superb self penned songs and you’ll find the influences of blues, country and even psychedelia.  With a huge international following, his long career has encompassed 15 albums and along the way he has worked and toured with many bands including The Who, Little Feat, Lynard Skynard and E.L.O. With a huge repertoire of original material to draw on his setlist is always fresh and surprising, he draws the audience into a musical world with its own special history and culture, in his hands rock n roll is a magical force.

Tickets: £10

Tickets available from the Cafe or  www.wegottickets.com


Wed 16th May

Storytelling Cafe  – With Dave Tongue

7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm) 

Treat yourself to a good night out at The Kitchen Garden and immerse yourself in comfort as Dave Tonge’s new show, “Dame Fortune’s Wheel and the Three Estates”brings the Middle Ages to life before your very eyes. Listen to the intriguing and sometimes interwoven tales of the three mediaeval classes, those who worked those who fought and those who prayed as they revolve around the wheel of fortune. Discover how the number three has mystical connotations; laugh at the crafty riddles. With performances at The British Museum and The Ashmolean, as well as national tours for English Heritage and The National Trust, Dave Tonge is truly a yarnsmith not to be missed. “..hugely entertaining”(Sandwich Winter Tales Festival).“..funny, creative and interesting” (Heads and Tales Storytelling).

Tickets: £7

Tickets available from the Cafe – Food Served from 6.30, Stories start at 7.30



Sun 20th May

Red Shoes

8pm (Doors: 7.30pm)

Championed by Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention, songwriters Carolyn & Mark Evans draw on English folk roots and Americana to create their unique sound. They have now embraced the talents of Tony Kelsey (The Move) on guitar & mandolin, plus percussionist Bert Priest. Red Shoes critically acclaimed album Ring Around The Land features Celtic Moon, recently recorded by Fairport Convention on their album Festival Bell. “ Red Shoes definitely have the WOW factor!” (Banbury Folk) “Sandy Denny-era Fairports and the contemporary American country-folk of Lucinda Williams sewn together neatly in these well crafted songs” (SHINDIG) “The Angels want to hear these Red Shoes” (Maverick). Support comes from Maria Barham.

Tickets:  £6

Tickets available from the Cafe  or www.wegottickets.com



Mon 21th May

Clive Gregson

8pm (Doors: 7.30pm)

Born and raised in Manchester and now based in the USA, Clive Gregson is an accomplished singer, musician and record producer of world-renown. Mary Chapin Carpenter named him as one of her favourite songwriters. Melody Maker described his band Any Trouble as the most exciting new rock ‘n’ roll group since The Pretenders and he appears in Guitar Player’s 1000 great guitarists. He’s one of the most respected songwriters of his time with a steady stream of stunning albums throughout his career and his songs recorded by a host of contemporaries. In 1985, he formed the groundbreaking partnership with Christine Collister and has toured with Richard Thompson, Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine, Nanci Griffith and Dennis Locorriere. “Gregson is a powerful and vital force in contemporary music.”(Folk Roots). “the state of the art in British folk-rock“(Rolling Stone).

Tickets:  £8

Tickets available from the Cafe  or www.wegottickets.com


Tue 22th May

Poetry Bites with Clare Best

7.30pm (Doors 6.30pm)

“One of the top 10 venues for poetry in the UK” (Susan Richardson, Radio 4). Poetry Bites also includes floor spots – arrive early to book a spot. Tickets on door or by email from jacquirowe@hotmail.co.uk  (07971 018 825).

Tickets: £5 (£4 Conc.) on Door

Food served from 6:30pm, Readings start at 7:30pm



Sun 27th May

Attila The Stockbroker

 8pm (Doors: 7.30pm)

Attila the Stockbroker is a performance poet, and folk punk musician/songwriter. Inspired by punk, and especially The Clash, he’s loud, radical, lyrical, reflective, and will make you roar with laughter as well as seethe with anger. A regular at Glastonbury, Attila’s melodically political musings are both thoughtful and entertaining.  ‘Whether he’s ranting a poem or bashing out a song, there is something  magnificent about Attila in full flight’ (Ian McMillan, BBC Radio 4). Support is provided by Australian Alt Country/Blues singer/songwriter Rory Ellis.

Tickets: £10

Tickets available from the Cafe or www.wegottickets.com


Mon 28th May

Tir na nOg

8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

Leo O’Kelly and Sonny Condell are coming back for more! Audiences have acclaimed their return and have revelled in the musicianship and pedigree of this Irish duo. Their array of beautifully original songs, together with the playful banter emanating from these two troubadours, guarantees that an evening with Tir na nOg is one to savour. The history of Tir na nOg is impressive and intriguing. A period, in the early 70’s, of extensive touring (with the likes of Jethro Tull and Procol Harum) together with three studio albums, enabled world-wide and respected recognition. Forty years on and the magic continues!  “Tir na nOg blew me away – that mix of Irishness, folk and Led Zeppelin” (Mojo Magazine). For more info. check out  www.tirnanog-progfolk.com

Tickets: £10

Tickets available from the Cafe or www.wegottickets.com



Tue 29th May

Sally Spring

8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

From North Carolina, USA, Sally Spring and her Folk-Country Blue Boys (Trio) perform a rare concert in England.  Sally’s “soulful and gritty style” (Uncut, UK), “transfixing, gorgeous alto” (Sing Out!), along with husband, Ted Lyons (who’s performed with Alex Chilton, Sun Ra, Percy Sledge, John Lee Hooker) with his eclectic, edgy, rhythmic style on resonator guitar (his playing sounds like a mix of Ry Cooder & James Blood Ulmer) and bass player Harvey Gold, perform roots music that combines pop, folk, Memphis and southern Appalachia styles that will stir your soul. Their latest CD, “Made Of Stars”, received international acclaim and reached #1 in  the Euro-Americana chart and #2 worldwide on both Americana and International Folk radio. “Sally is a treasure”. (Gene Parsons—The Byrds), “Sally Spring is a gem” (Bob Harris). Don’t Miss.

Tickets: £8

Tickets available from the Cafe or www.wegottickets.com

Kitchen Garden Cafe,

17 York Road,

Kings Heath


B14 7SA

(0121 443 4725)